First off, thank you to those who were kind enough to leave encouraging and helpful comments and suggestions for me on my earlier post in which I was looking for things to do to fill my new time gap. I’ve taken note of all your suggestions and will be trying them out shortly. For now though, I want to talk about a little project that’s been festering in a dark corner of my mind for a while now: Biphasic Sleep.
I’ve read some articles, studies, and papers on circadian rhythms, sleep partitioning, and optimizing productivity. So, apparently, not everyone sleeps all at once in a 7 hour chunk at night. There are, apparently, other ways to partition you sleeping habits that may be even better for your productivity and feeling of wellbeing. Enter biphasic sleep.
The gist of it is that your body can think, learn, and run better if it’s given a second “booster sleep” part way through the day, leaving less time needed at night. In the end you gain a little more waking hours(needing less sleep overall), and you are more productive and alert while you are awake. Sounds good right?
What’s the catch you might ask? Well, from what I’ve found, not too much. The one thing people cite as a negative is being out a sync a bit with the majority of the people who are monophasic(getting all their sleep in one chunk). They lose a little face time with those people due to the power sleep in the day. I think it would be fun to try this out for myself.
So…for the next 30 days I will be experimenting with a biphasic sleep pattern and sustaining it. Details will be made up on the fly, very seat of the pants style planning and adjusting. I’ll be giving you, my loyal readers, some weekly updates on my experiences. With the extra hours I gain I’ll be taking a crack at adding some of those suggestions you all made to my lifestyle as well. Hope you’ll stick around for what looks to be an interesting month!